Last night, we were very privileged to hear an insight into the personal and professional experiences of Stephanie Wheen, CEO Gympanzees, and Andrew Scott, Founder and CEO of the Ascot Group (Purplex, Insight Data & Business Leader Magazine). Over 80 Members and their guests joined us for our Business Networking Event, which, on this occasion was hosted by Gavin Hall, Managing Director of Clifton Park Associates and a huge thank you to the sponsor of our event, Lloyd Williams Estate Agents and Property Finders. We would like to thank Stephanie and Andrew for their incredibly inspirational and personal interviews. We would also like to thank Gavin Hall for hosting our On The Sofa With… and creating such a great atmosphere in The Clifton Club and of course we would like to thank those Members and their guests for attending our hugely popular Business Networking Events.
Stephanie Wheen is the CEO and Founder of Gympanzees, establishing the charity in 2016, when she recognised the desperate need for more play and exercise facilities for children and young people with disabilities in the UK.
Stephanie attended Leeds Beckett University where she graduated as a physiotherapist and has specialised in working with children with disabilities since 2002. Throughout her career she has worked with thousands of children with a variety of disabilities and needs. She also runs her own successful physio practice, Physio for Children Ltd, which she established in Bristol eight years ago (2012).
Stephanie has won the Shackleton Leadership Award 2018 and the Great British Entrepreneur Award for Good 2018 and was recently awarded the High Sheriff award in recognition of great and valuable services to the community. In December 2019, Gympanzees was awarded the Innovative Quality Outcomes Award in the Markel 3rd Sector Care Award in recognition of the charity’s work and was also proud to be awarded the World Cerebral Palsy Day Award for Quality of Life.
Through Gympanzees, Stephanie is aiming to fulfil her ambition of helping children through exercise, play and social inclusion. This has been achieved through establishing Pop-Up play facilities during Easter and summer every year. The vision for the Stephanie and her team at the charity is to build the UK’s first dedicated play, exercise and social inclusion destination for children and young people with disabilities and their families and her charity has launched an £8m fundraising drive
to make this happen.
If you would like any further information about Gympanzees or how you can support this wonderful charity, please click here.
Andrew Scott is an Irish-born entrepreneur and investor. He launched his first business at 19, and went on to build several ventures including a company acquired by a U.S. Fortune 500 company. Today he oversees a group of autonomous, successful businesses that work as one eco-system, with year-on-year growth, 75 employees and a global reach. He is a regular columnist in a number of industry journals and magazines and a sought-after key-note speaker on the latest marketing thinking and business strategy, as well as giving inspirational talks and seminars at business events, conferences and schools/colleges.
In 2017 Andrew was presented with the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) ‘Corporate Responsibility Director of the Year’ Award and was also nominated ‘Director of the Year’. He has sat on the Chamber of Commerce committee and the Marketing Communications Council of the GGF in London, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (ISMM).
As CEO and publisher of Business Leader Magazine, Andrew also works with some of the UK’s most influential leaders in business, education and government, financial institutions and high-profile business celebrities and entrepreneurs.
This inspired him to launch the Business Leader Awards, a major annual event that showcases the achievements of start-ups, scale-ups and established UK companies and the people who run them.
Through Business Leader Andrew is connected into a network of over 100,000 CEOs, business owners and directors across the UK and further afield.
Aside from the Ascot Group Andrew is an investor, mentor and advisor for start-ups and scale-ups. He is Membership Director of The Clifton Club and a member of the Bristol Private Equity Club, a group of experienced business investors.
If you are interested in joining The Clifton Club and would like to attend a Business Networking Event, please do get in touch with Jonathan today.